1. Parked - Dir: Darragh Byrne
The ever dependable Colm Meaney in a rare lead role in a film where his character returns to Ireland and has nowhere to live but his car. This film won the best first feature at the Galway Film Fleadh so expectations will be high. It has already secured a cinema release on October 14th and it will be interesting to see if it is as good as the trailer suggests.
2. Seven Psychopaths - Martin Mc Donagh
Martin Mc Donagh's follow up to In Bruges (2008) will be released in 2012 and will reportedly be starring Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke. After his Oscar winning short (Sixshooter) and the success of In Bruges expectations will be high. Quite frankly the cast and the title are enough for this reviewer.
3. Sensation - Dir: Tom Hall
This looks like a dark and interesting film from director Tom Hall (Wide Open Spaces, Bachelors Walk). It star Domhnall Gleeson as Donal, a sex starved farmer who meets a sex worker from New Zealand. This may well be an underground success if it has the courage of its convictions. There is also a terrific poster you can see here. It is released in Ireland on November 4th.
5. What Richard Did - Lenny Abrahamson
Another filmmaker that this reviewer would happily watch anything from: Lenny Abrahamson's two previous films, Adam and Paul (2004) and Garage (2007) are both superb. This film is apparently based on Kevin Powers' award winning 2008 novel Bad Day at Blackrock. This is one to put down as a must see in 2012.
5. Dream House - Jim Sheridan
Jim Sheridan's new film was due to be released in February 2011 but was delayed for reshoots. It is now being released next Friday in the US without any critics previews. A haunted house story starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts: time will tell if the film will receive a critical mauling when seen. Jim Sheridan hasn't made a film here since 1997's The Boxer so it would be great to see him come home and recharge his cinematic batteries.
6. The Rafters - John Carney
The director of Once is now tackling the ghost story. Set at a haunted guesthouse on the Aran Islands, Carney's film will hopefully be released in 2011. It is a tricky genre to get right but Carney should be helped by a small budget and an unknown cast which tend to help the ghost story/horror film genre.
Are there any other films from Irish directors that you are looking forward to seeing? Let me know below.